Commitment to Sustainable Development

Light reaffirms its commitment to sustainable development and to its customers. The company, when carrying out its activities, is concerned with balancing the economic, environmental and social dimensions.

Social and Environmental Responsibility

Light believes that for the continuing business it is necessary commitments and responsibilities to the economic and social development that go beyond the financial stability.

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Commitment to Environment and the Climate

Light is a company that recognizes the importance of using natural resources rationally and properly, and to be prepared for the transition to a low carbon economy. This vision can be seen in the environmental management, in the Environmental Policy and the Commitments to the Environment and the Climate, which are divided into six topics: energy, technology, biodiversity, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions, solid waste, and water quality.

Risks and opportunities of climate change

Light participates in the Climate Change program of CDP, answering the annual survey, because it agrees with its focus: reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by enterprises and mitigate the risks related to climate change. The measuring and dissemination of the corporate impact on climate is essential to achieve efficient risk management for the emission of these gases and to help companies to capitalize on the opportunities to generate revenue through more sustainable products and services.

The climate changes affect the companies of Grupo Light in different ways. At Light Energia, which has almost 100% of its generation from hydropower, the impacts are related to the hydrologic regime, affecting production.

At Light SESA, the impacts are related to the consumption growth in the summer due to an increase in the temperature, which may cause two problems: overloading the distribution system, which would affect the DEC and FEC quality indicators; and the growth of non-technical losses and delinquency, affecting the Company’s revenue.

Sudden climate changes, with strong rains, wind, and lightning, can seriously damage the distribution system, negatively impacting the DEC and FEC performance indicators.

The identification of risks and the opportunities related to climate changes is categorized as listed in the CDP: changes to the regulations, changes to the physical parameters, or other parameters.

Light responds to the CDP, and makes their answers public, because they consider the questionnaire an important tool to continually improve sustainability management, and because they believe in information transparency. As a result, in 2014, Light was recognized by CDP Latin America for the results achieved in the Standout Category of the Climate Change survey.

Commitment to Sustainable Development Objectives

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) that were instituted in 2015 by the United Nations (UN), created a new sustainable development agenda, related to the results of Rio+20 – the UN Conference on Sustainable Development – which was held in June of 2012, in Rio de Janeiro. They define the priorities and global aspirations for 2030.

For the companies, the SDG represents a major challenge and a great opportunity to leverage new business. Through these 17 objectives, the enterprise organizations can show how they help with sustainable development, both by maximizing the negative impacts as well as maximizing the positive impacts for the population and the planet. Also, the SDG encourage the delivery of innovative solutions and a more efficient and sustainable use of resources.

The companies that align their priorities with the SDG strengthen their commitment to clients, employees, and other interested parties, defining a common structure of action and language that will help them communicate more consistently and effectively with the stakeholders.

To do this, Light monitored the initiatives related to the definition of the SDG, and as a signer of the Global Pacts, decides to incorporate them in part or in whole to the Company’s management. This attitude shows Light’s commitment to contribute to the development of Rio de Janeiro, either through improvements and updates to the distribution grid, ensuring that everyone has safe access to quality electricity; or through energy efficiency projects and programs directed primarily towards low income communities, such as Comunidade Eficiente and Light Recicla.

Learn about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) instituted by the UN.

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